Pruning Raspberries

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  1. Dinger

    Dinger Apprentice Gardener

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    Can someone please tell me how and when to prune raspberries that were planted last year? They did bear a bit of fruit late summer. Thanks.
     
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    Two types of Raspberry - Summer and Autumn fruiting.

    However, if you cut (to the ground) any stem that has fruited (i.e. has the centre bits of the fruit left behind from where your picked the fruit) you will be fine, and this will work for either type.

    The effect will be that for Summer Fruiting types you will remove the old canes and leave the new ones (so on an established bed you will remove about 50%), and for Autumn fruiting varieties you will have cut the whole lot to the ground.

    Doing this anytime from when they finish fruiting to about February is fine.
     
  3. Jim G

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    On some (if not all) autumn fruiting varieties, if they are not pruned in the autumn, will carry fruit again in June. They should be pruned immediately after picking and they will fruit again in September.
     
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    Kirsten has got it right, if you prune the autumn var. twice in one year eventually the plants weaken and die, the same applies if you do not prune properly and let them fruit again in june eventually they just weaken and dont produce fruit...
     
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    I haven't tried that myself, but people who I know who tried it said they got smaller fruit as a result, so they reverted to just taking the Autumn crop and then pruning the fruited-canes out
     
  6. ismeval

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    Well I don't know what has happened to my raspberry - lots of fruit the first year (last year) didn't know what to do about pruning so left it and just trimmed the tops off this spring - it has thrown up other canes and alll are heavy with fruit !
     
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    I have a row of Glen Moy raspberries and they fruit on canes produced the previous year; once the fruit has gone they are pruned out in the autumn/winter and then I tie in the new canes which have grown through the spring and summer.

    Glen Moy are a summer variety, I would expect to be picking fruit by the end of June :thumb:
     
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